|The Convention center had security theater... not great.|
I didn't go to many panels, but the one I chaired on Alliances that got me thinking. Indeed, one of the panelists, Sara Berg Moeller, who I met last year, kept directing the audiences' questions to me as I did go to South Korea this summer. Jeez, May feels like a long time ago. I was able to use a bit of what I had learned to shake things up--that South Korea used to view US troops in their country as a way to ensure that the US keeps its commitment if North KOrea attacked but now those troops are seen as restraining Trump who might otherwise risk war. This exemplified the Trump effect on the allies--usually, an ally fears either being abandoned or being entrapped (fighting a war they don't want to fight). The joy of Trump--US allies now feel both fears at the same time. The discussion also pushed me to develop a new research idea that bridges the last two projects--thinking about alliances but in an Asian context.
|Post hackathon awards|
|my table at the hackathon|
The best part of APSA, of course, was hanging with old friends. Last year, it was the grad school cohort. This year? My fellow escapees--those who were my best pals in Lubbock and have now voyaged elsewhere. And appropriately, we voyaged... across Boston Harbor to Charleton to see a WWII Destroyer, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution. Because Mrs. Spew and I had visited this area last year, I knew of a great beer garden nearby. The food was once again amazing.
Indeed, that was a key theme--thanks to some old twitterfightclub friends, I had referrals to great restaurants that did not disappoint. Only disappointment was discovering this place Saturday evening--closed:
But Boston was mostly beautiful and tasty. I hope we return here more often (SF is overplayed).